Meaning of WIND in English

WIND

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a bullet wound

He died from a bullet wound to his chest.

a chest injury/wound

He suffered serious chest injuries in the accident.

a cold wind

A cold wind was blowing from the north.

a knife wound

She died from a single knife wound.

a path winds

A narrow path wound down towards the beach.

a river winds (= it turns and curves, rather than going in a straight line )

He could see the river winding across the plain.

a road winds (= it turns and curves, rather than going in a straight line )

A long road wound through the park.

a war wound

He still suffered pain from an old war wound.

a wind/woodwind instrument

Violas blend very well with most of the wind instruments.

chilly wind/breeze/air etc

flesh wound

freak wind/wave/storm etc

The men drowned when a freak wave sank their boat.

got...second wind

He got his second wind and ran on.

offend/wound sb’s sensibilities

Avoid using words that might offend someone’s racial or moral sensibilities.

puff of smoke/wind/air/steam etc

The dragon disappeared in a puff of smoke.

rocket/wind/nuclear/jet propulsion

rush of air/wind/water

She felt a cold rush of air as she wound down her window.

trade wind

water/wind erosion (= caused by water or wind )

Hedgerows and trees help to reduce the effect of wind erosion.

wind breaker

wind chill factor

It must have been minus 5 with the wind chill factor .

wind chill

It must have been minus 5 with the wind chill factor .

wind chimes

wind farm

wind instrument

wind power (= energy produced by the wind )

Is wind power the answer to the energy crisis?

wind speed (= the speed of the wind )

The average wind speed will be about 14 knots.

wind tunnel

wind turbine

wind (up) a clock (= turn a key to keep it working )

It was one of those old clocks that you have to wind up.

wind whistling

They listened to the wind whistling through the trees.

winding sheet

winding streets (= streets that turn in many directions )

We spent hours exploring the town’s winding streets.

winding

He climbed the winding path up the hill.

wind/wave energy

The windmill uses wind energy to crush grain and pump water.

wound up

I was too wound up to sleep.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

chill

A chill wind came through the open doors to the balcony.

Over the valley, a full moon was rising, and a chill wind was blowing down from the distant mountains.

Even as he looked the first drops of rain began to fall, whipped into a flurry by a chill little wind .

By now the skies were black, a chill wind was blustering down the street and the rain was slashing sideways.

But at least he was high above the city, where chill winds swept the air clean and freshened the skin.

There were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead now and a chill wind .

He didn't even seem to be aware that a chill north wind was blowing.

For some, the chill wind of competition is again blowing through their offices.

cold

A light wind ruffled the leaves of the trees, but it was warm, not cold like the winds of winter.

The first cold winds rattled the windowpane, and I had made it just in time.

The bright October day belied the cold wind .

He stared at the ice-covered ground and half listened to the cold wind moaning gently amongst the trees.

He hid in doorways when the cold wind blew.

There was a cold wind outside the car.

You can feel the cold winds whipping across the barren island of Smuttynose as Maren relates her disturbing story.

high

The more experienced may try Villa-Flotilla in Yalikavak, where high wind courses give the confidence needed to cope with choppy seas.

First, in high winds the building could twist and turn and pull sections of the walls or windows apart.

Earlier in the day it had been raining, now there was a high wind blowing.

Lightning or high winds can knock branches or whole trees on to power lines, cutting the electricity to an entire neighborhood.

The main problem is, of course, high wind .

Downpours, lightning and thunder, high winds , a tornado that barely missed carrying away the house.

There was a high wind and clouds scudded across the blue sky and when the sun was obscured the wind seemed cold.

The high winds did not cease.

icy

An icy wind howled and a great wall of snow bore down upon them.

She felt an icy wind howl over her, a graveyard stench enter her throat, a chill finger touch her cheek.

It is often their only protection against the icy winds of winter.

Through her fingers Tallis could hear the horses protesting against the growing, icy wind .

It snowed again in the night, on an icy wind .

Cold icy winds swept under the gaps of cottage doors rattling them fiercely.

It was cold, too, an icy wind sneaking in through the thatch and through gaps in the mud wall.

ill

It is, as the saying goes, an ill wind .

It's an ill wind , thought Charles.

It's the worst wind you can get: the nor-easter, the east and the south-east.

light

The wet grass glittered and near-by a nut-tree sparkled iridescent, winking and gleaming as its branches moved in the light wind .

Clear skies and light winds helped cleanup crews Sunday.

This is generally okay in light to medium winds where the bait is moving very slowly through the water.

We are dead in the water, heading into a light wind and surface current.

We don't provide formal instruction, but novices pick up a lot by sailing out and back in light winds .

In the night with a light fair wind we had again lost out to the Black Stream.

Evening, and warmer air now with lighter winds .

A light wind sprang up, and the smoke of their guns drifted over the valley towards the cemetery.

offshore

You should never sail in an offshore wind , particularly not alone.

Steady offshore winds keep blowing the water westward where it becomes heated.

The government has responded by planning offshore wind farms on the Ijsselmeer.

At the moment, only inshore wind farms have been erected but there is great potential in offshore wind.

Large swell waves may be present with an absolutely calm sea or even with light offshore winds in the opposite direction.

Avoid strong tides, offshore winds , poor visibility or sailing in the dark.

This is an essential skill in gusty offshore winds .

prevailing

Protection from the prevailing wind can often be provided by rock outcrops or carefully planted shrubs in the background.

He also organized the compilation and publication of charts showing the prevailing winds and currents for each quarter of the year.

You must be reasonably fit and be sure you can handle the prevailing wind , weather and tidal conditions.

It was an entire nation of pragmatists, each individual swaying with the prevailing wind to ensure his or her own future.

They will adjust, bending like bamboos before the prevailing wind from the north.

strong

Disadvantages: Lack of volume, thus difficult to sail in all but strong winds .

Driven thirty miles north last night by continuing strong southerly winds .

They walked for miles on the hilltops in the strong clean wind , alone with the birds and the sheep.

On one particular day I lay there watching a strong , high wind move the clouds.

Porto Heli and Cannigione additionally offer catamaran coaching. Strong winds and some racing provide further challenges.

A hurricane is a storm of strong circular wind flow which rotates in a counter-clockwise direction.

Sinker A very small board which is used in stronger winds .

Flying is often safer than towing into a really strong and gusty wind .

■ NOUN

direction

Do check on wind direction when siting your barbecue.

Bill would simply have to steer 106 degrees and adjust for wind direction and drift.

Four repeaters costing £140 are available for wind and boat speed, wind direction and depth and a multifunction repeater costs £160.

Fighting my feeling of dread, I went through the automatic routine of checking the smoke drift for wind direction .

Odour emissions are affected by wind direction , temperature inversion, ambient temperatures and humidity.

This would certainly be hazard in a cross wind and, to an inexperienced pilot, in any wind direction .

When sailing upwind, a change in the wind direction will make either the board point higher or lower than previously.

This was fine until the wind direction changed slightly and came across the fixed line.

east

Kind skies and balmy breezes instead of the cutting east wind off the marshes.

Or was it the east wind blowing in through the open bell tower with renewed force?

It was cold, with an east wind blowing from the sea, and it was getting dark.

It was December and a bitterly cold east wind was blowing.

I adjusted the sail at forty-five degrees to the east wind , and walked south.

And with an east wind behind them they could not abruptly halt.

farm

The Countryside Commission has called for planning guidelines on wind farms to be issued to local authorities.

The government has responded by planning offshore wind farms on the Ijsselmeer.

At the moment, only inshore wind farms have been erected but there is great potential in offshore wind.

Offshore wind farms would be more expensive to establish but far less of an eyesore.

force

As the Sea King hovered in gale force winds , alarms warned of engine trouble.

The superstar's Coral Gables mansion was battered by gale force winds which left windows smashed and wrecked her garden.

Gale force winds could not blow away the players' enthusiasm but they did make it very hard work.

The whole service has taken some five and a half hours in gale force winds and heavy seas.

Near hurricane force winds and free-roaming sheep put paid to early attempts at planting flowers and shrubs.

The tanker, the Braer, crashed into the rocky coast in heavy seas and gale force winds .

Read in studio Hurricane force winds are hampering efforts to save seals caught in the Shetland oil slick.

instrument

The same held true for mouthpieces for wind instruments and replacement roots for teeth, Sakai explained.

Many of the stringed instruments imitate the sounds of horses; wind instruments imitate the sounds of birds and other wild animals.

Mac had said something about his fondness for wind instruments without actually saying what he played.

Both were playing a traditional wind instrument known as the didgeridoo.

Its high register gives brilliance and point when doubling at the octave phrases allotted to other wind instruments or to the violins.

The pre-Columbian Amerindian civilizations in particular produced a variety of vessel flutes, compound pipes and wind instruments .

Native wind instruments fashioned from tiny straws are sold at a fraction of the cost of matchbox-size ghetto-blasters.

They provided six of the centre's elephants, aged seven to 18, with a variety of percussion and wind instruments .

north

Hot winds , and the sugary savor of the air! ... The squalling north wind beats against my windows.

A moaning north wind that ebbed and flowed like the sound of surf and ocean waves.

The morning was cold, in the wake of the north wind that had frozen the fields since mid-March.

Winter is coming on the north wind , and winter in the Maine woods comes to stay for six months.

Pine trees, swayed by the north wind , whisper; the bracken sighs.

He didn't even seem to be aware that a chill north wind was blowing.

Ships docking at Amnisos could well have found themselves trapped there by a north wind , just as Odysseus claimed he was.

power

Not surprisingly wind power is regarded as having considerable potential.

A big unknown is the fate of federal support for wind power .

Biofuels and wind power are regarded as the most promising technologies, along with small scale hydro and tidal power.

The market could grow much bigger if countries further subsidize wind power to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Many congressmen are keen to revive research into renewable energy sources like solar and wind power .

It's hoped that wind power will eventually provide up to 20 percent of the country's energy needs.

The government hopes that wind power will meet around a tenth of total electricity demand by the year 2000.

Of course, wind power isn't new.

speed

There is less difference between the two hemispheres with respect to wind speeds than with respect to the pattern of the bands.

As the wind speed varied, so did the strength of the rain.

The reported wind speeds gave everyone a false sense of security.

Wind drift indicators were used to figure out wind speed and direction, but they worked only if they could be seen.

This is important because the balloon and payload could be damaged if the wind speed is above 10 knots.

Hsu Fu would advance at her own pace, depending on the wind speed and direction.

Another interesting option is the use of wind turbines as windbreaks to reduce wind speed and erosion.

The wind speed and direction, and the cloud height and type were major hurdles to be overcome each hour.

trade

To grasp the whole picture, envisage first the trade wind , blowing from east to west.

Sometimes a trade wind takes me toward land.

So in winter the trade winds are strengthened and diverted, and are almost reversed in summer.

Its economy, as a world trader, is sensitive to every trade wind that blows.

tunnel

Work includes full-scale experiments, wind tunnel studies and computational fluid dynamics.

Fall through the platform, and unless you're either amazingly brave or stupid head down the wind tunnel to the left.

The reverse acoustic ceilings amplify the din to a decibel range appropriate for a wind tunnel .

It was the wind tunnel which gave birth to the characteristic shape of the Boeing 747.

But the wind tunnel specifications called for this wall to be able to withstand seventy-five pounds a square foot.

During wind tunnel tests on the car, at the development stage, water was added.

By ensuring that only the most promising designs enter the wind tunnel , it has made physical evaluation more cost effective.

turbine

The seasonal performance might be improved to some extent by using a wind turbine as the energy source.

Gipe gives values based on rotor diameter for the outputs of a range of wind turbines currently available.

The toilets are lit with electricity from a wind turbine .

The organisation hopes to power the village via a wind turbine .

Another interesting option is the use of wind turbines as windbreaks to reduce wind speed and erosion.

These, the largest offshore wind turbines in the world, have been tested for three months.

Britain's 2,000 kilometres of motorway could accomodate 130,000 wind turbines safely and efficiently at a cost of £10,000 for each device.

■ VERB

break

Lifting up one of his legs he broke wind loudly, causing Sarah to purse her lips.

When the ice jam broke and the wind dropped, the Falls returned to their former glory.

The boy might break wind or say a naughty word and forfeit the protection of that great white spirit.

Why not plant millions of them on the high plains to break the wind and conserve the soil?

drop

Cold gusts dropped the wind chill into the low 40s and played havoc with final-round scores in the highest-scoring Nissan since 1984.

throw

If you can't avoid trouble, then throw valour to the winds and run.

Anything less truly would be throwing caution to the winds .

My friends and their little daughter went splashing blithely in so I threw caution to the winds and followed.

It continued poorly, as Gatti threw to the winds any notion of coherent tempo relationships.

You may even throw caution to the wind and try one of our Mystery Trips.

Fair trial rights were thrown to the wind .

The two of us threw caution to the winds and raced to the rescue.

The players furnished all those elements in an alternately rapturous and probing performance that sporadically threw decorum to the winds .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a breath of air/wind

Scarcely a breath of air disturbed the stillness of the day.

It had been a very cold but bright morning, without a breath of wind.

Not a breath of air disturbs the tranquil spectacle.

Ramsey presumably leant out for a breath of air.

The moon was hidden under a veil of clouds, and there was not a breath of wind.

There was complete silence and not even a breath of wind disturbed the peace.

There was not a breath of wind blowing, and not a leaf or blade of grass stirred.

There was scarcely a breath of wind.

a following wind

break wind

Lifting up one of his legs he broke wind loudly, causing Sarah to purse her lips.

The boy might break wind or say a naughty word and forfeit the protection of that great white spirit.

gale/hurricane force wind

As the Sea King hovered in gale force winds, alarms warned of engine trouble.

Near hurricane force winds and free-roaming sheep put paid to early attempts at planting flowers and shrubs.

Read in studio Hurricane force winds are hampering efforts to save seals caught in the Shetland oil slick.

The superstar's Coral Gables mansion was battered by gale force winds which left windows smashed and wrecked her garden.

The tanker, the Braer, crashed into the rocky coast in heavy seas and gale force winds.

The whole service has taken some five and a half hours in gale force winds and heavy seas.

high wind

At present, they can only develop profitably in locations with high wind speed.

First high winds blow Stu Miller off the mound, forcing a balk, at Candlestick Park.

Four guylines are attached half way up the pole sleeve to storm-lash the tent - great for very high winds.

It was a shed that wobbled in high winds.

More than 1, 100 plows struggled to keep up with the high winds and drifts of four to six feet.

Nevertheless, there was a degree of innovation in one aspect of this design: its ability to resist high wind.

On one particular day I lay there watching a strong, high wind move the clouds.

This allows good use of space, but high winds compress the sides.

it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)

merciless heat/cold/wind etc

During the merciless heat of noon one of the frailer females collapsed, far from any possible shelter.

mortal blow/danger/wound etc

As she reads or hears the news reports of battles, she can ascertain whether he is in mortal danger.

Hellenism no longer represented a mortal danger.

His dragon had taken a mortal wound as he and Caledor clashed on the battlefield.

Railroad traffic is a mortal danger.

This rust-blood pouring from mortal wounds in the planet's skin is a terrible indictment of the tyranny we climbers inflict.

Yesterday, the joint shop stewards committee of Corporate Jets said a loss of production would be a mortal blow.

offshore wind/current etc

At the moment, only inshore wind farms have been erected but there is great potential in offshore wind.

Avoid strong tides, offshore winds, poor visibility or sailing in the dark.

Large swell waves may be present with an absolutely calm sea or even with light offshore winds in the opposite direction.

Steady offshore winds keep blowing the water westward where it becomes heated.

The government has responded by planning offshore wind farms on the Ijsselmeer.

This is an essential skill in gusty offshore winds.

When sailing in offshore winds, however, this rule is more often than not proved right, particularly in coastal bays.

You should never sail in an offshore wind, particularly not alone.

piss in the wind

prevailing wind

He also organized the compilation and publication of charts showing the prevailing winds and currents for each quarter of the year.

He faces the open end to the east, away from the sun and prevailing wind.

It was an entire nation of pragmatists, each individual swaying with the prevailing wind to ensure his or her own future.

Protection from the prevailing wind can often be provided by rock outcrops or carefully planted shrubs in the background.

They will adjust, bending like bamboos before the prevailing wind from the north.

You must be reasonably fit and be sure you can handle the prevailing wind, weather and tidal conditions.

rub salt into the wound

Boro rubbed salt into the wound by scoring with their first genuine scoring attempt.

To rub salt into the wound, they had Michael Mols sent off.

sail close to the wind

They had quite a reputation for sailing close to the wind.

With his own property, it was perhaps easier too for a baron to take risks or sail close to the wind.

second wind

By the 1980s Borge had got his second wind and looked like going on for ever as an international touring artist.

Cruising along on a second wind.

I was drunk, okay, but I was getting my second wind by now.

I won my race into a 1.5 metres per second wind.

She had got her second wind.

She seems to have acquired a second wind.

So one perennial idea getting a second wind is the campaign to raise the pitifully low current minimum wage.

sharp wind/frost

The ground was hardened by a sharp frost making the going firm on a fine, sunny day.

There had been a sharp frost overnight and the ground was frozen hard.

stiff wind/breeze

A stiff breeze riffles the brush.

A stiff breeze shoves broken clouds across the moon.

Daylight broke, a stiff breeze struck up and the sky clouded over.

Put in on a shoe and it will wipe off in a stiff breeze.

The mastheads of beached yachts tinkled in a stiff breeze.

The next day was bright and cold, with a stiff breeze blowing straight down the field.

The skill is running down the beach with all your equipment often in a stiff breeze.

Within minutes a stiff wind was blowing over the harbor.

straw in the wind

A final straw in the wind may be Tolkien's increasing desire to pull strands together.

But even before 1947 there were straws in the wind.

There were other straws in the wind.

These various statements amounted to straws in the wind rather than a fully defined policy for ending the war.

strong wind/current/tide

A strong wind was now blowing and there was a loud crack of thunder.

Disadvantages: Lack of volume, thus difficult to sail in all but strong winds.

Firefighters must contend with steep canyons and the strong winds, not to mention hot and dry conditions.

In very strong winds the critical place for ground handling is at the tail.

Rip A strong current, commonly experienced on surf beaches.

The same materials, thrown into the Martian atmosphere by strong winds, give the Martian sky a pinkish color.

There was a strong wind blowing from the north.

Toward late afternoon, a strong wind came up and the sky clouded over.

the wind drops

throw caution to the wind(s)

Anything less truly would be throwing caution to the winds.

My friends and their little daughter went splashing blithely in so I threw caution to the winds and followed.

The two of us threw caution to the winds and raced to the rescue.

You may even throw caution to the wind and try one of our Mystery Trips.

throw/cast caution to the winds

Anything less truly would be throwing caution to the winds.

My friends and their little daughter went splashing blithely in so I threw caution to the winds and followed.

The two of us threw caution to the winds and raced to the rescue.

twist/turn the knife (in the wound)

Saints twisted the knife with a glorious try from Tony Sullivan, set up by Gary Connolly.

The tragedy is that you have to twist the knife in your own gray matter to make this defense work.

wind/air/water resistance

A 3-phase 15° step-angle variable-reluctance motor has a rated phase current 01 2.0A and a phase winding resistance of 5.0 ohms.

A car that squats low meets less wind resistance .

If you want to lower the wind resistance on a car body how low do you want to get it?

Naturally the water resistance was less, but modern tanning processes have improved leathers considerably.

The actual path taken by the orbiter is complex and designed to minimize the effect of air resistance on the craft.

This holds precisely because all objects fall at the same speed under gravity. Air resistance is being ignored here.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a 30-mile-an-hour wind

A bitter wind was blowing from the East

A sudden gust of wind blew the paper out of his hand.

Strong winds caused damage to many buildings.

The flags fluttered gently in the wind .

We walked home through the wind and the rain.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But everyone erupted into giggles and bolted down the street as free of deference as the wind .

Gregson felt the wind whipping around him, felt the chill grow more intense.

She could not believe that the typhoon winds of change could alter our family.

Some kind of wind had risen outside and was whistling through the rotten window casement and the ill-fitted panes.

There was a biting wind from the right which made all the dead winter stems rattle and rustle feverishly.

We tie up the boats and wade up the creek towards it, enveloped in a wind of fine mist.

With the rain came a southerly wind , moderate at first but then steadily increasing until it built to gale force.

You can even feel the deck shift beneath your feet or shiver in the ice cold arctic wind .

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

around

The body of the creature began to wind around him.

However, he was reluctantly persuaded to buy a secondhand gold band with a worn heart pattern winding around it.

down

The Volvo, whose windows wind down to reveal plush red curtains, is surrounded by stepladders.

As we have pointed out elsewhere, t6day the economy automatically deploys fiscal stimuli when the business cycle winds down .

But Mr Clarke showed no signs of winding down .

Moments later, we saw the Fast on the screen change to West and the numbers began to wind down backwards.

The government was essentially faced with the option of winding down MDC's operations or extending its boundaries.

I stopped pushing and let the swing wind down to a stop.

They will wind down the pain.

Dumenil Leble has been gradually winding down its banking operations since 1993.

up

Looking past Adam, she saw Fand had stopped by another set of steps winding up into the rock.

Moreover, battered women often wind up dropping the charges as reconciliation with the abuser.

Perhaps my right hon. Friend the Minister will tell the House when he winds up .

And should you wind up in court, a call to your friend the governor will set things straight.

That section enables the court to wind up a company if its membership falls below two.

If he fails he's likely to become expendable and could even wind up back at Barnsley, a forgotten man.

■ NOUN

clock

So like an old-fashioned clock , Trevor simply winds the handle.

path

Follow the path as it winds its way through the forest.

These paths go winding into physical, psychological, and historical realms, all three.

The path to employment often winds back home.

It widened but nothing could be seen in the gap, save for the path ahead, winding on down to the valley.

The path winds its way around the Newtown river and Clamerkin Lake providing some fine estuary walking and taking you inland a little.

Walk along the path , as it winds its way up into the mountain.

phase

A 3-phase 15° step-angle variable-reluctance motor has a rated phase current 01 2.0A and a phase winding resistance of 5.0 ohms.

Another consequence of the finite phase winding inductance is that the phase current can not be switched off instantaneously.

The complete model must also take account of the voltages induced in the phase winding by rotor motion.

road

The road was hilly and winding .

The road winds crazily through the farms, between their buildings from one farmhouse to another.

The road begins to wind downward; they are now passing along the main street.

In my imagination I saw a country road winding through granite hills or threading the sides of dunes.

Sheridan Road , which winds so prettily through the North Shore, used to be a military road for moving troops.

Her reverie is interrupted by the sound of hooves on the long white road winding towards the house.

street

Then we wind through interminable streets of Edwardian terraced houses converted to flats and rooms.

I find a tiny winding street in the Marais that takes me to a shack in the courtyard of a run-down mansion.

The only access was through the narrow, winding streets of Sandwich.

Motorcycles whiz through winding streets , adding to a cacophony of rumbling truck motors and screaming vendors.

It is a town of simple charms and colourful history, where winding narrow streets and alleyways present surprises at every turn.

It is a quiet resort of winding narrow streets lined with cafés and shops.

There are winding streets , museums, half-timbered houses and lush gardens of figs, mulberries, sweet chestnuts and vines.

Everywhere the narrow, winding streets were lined with little golden terraced houses.

way

Follow the path as it winds its way through the forest.

Despite my inability to follow my own advice, we wind our way into the heart of the Cerro Colorado Mountains.

Two freeform swimming pools wind their way through the hotel complex.

These waterways wind their way through countryside often inaccessible by road and unchanged over the years.

Burgon winded his way through the Bangor defence and passed the ball to Minnis whose shot was well saved by Brown.

The path winds its way around the Newtown river and Clamerkin Lake providing some fine estuary walking and taking you inland a little.

Dozens of the cars will wind their way around the scenic coastline on Friday.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a breath of air/wind

Scarcely a breath of air disturbed the stillness of the day.

It had been a very cold but bright morning, without a breath of wind.

Not a breath of air disturbs the tranquil spectacle.

Ramsey presumably leant out for a breath of air.

The moon was hidden under a veil of clouds, and there was not a breath of wind.

There was complete silence and not even a breath of wind disturbed the peace.

There was not a breath of wind blowing, and not a leaf or blade of grass stirred.

There was scarcely a breath of wind.

a following wind

gale/hurricane force wind

As the Sea King hovered in gale force winds, alarms warned of engine trouble.

Near hurricane force winds and free-roaming sheep put paid to early attempts at planting flowers and shrubs.

Read in studio Hurricane force winds are hampering efforts to save seals caught in the Shetland oil slick.

The superstar's Coral Gables mansion was battered by gale force winds which left windows smashed and wrecked her garden.

The tanker, the Braer, crashed into the rocky coast in heavy seas and gale force winds.

The whole service has taken some five and a half hours in gale force winds and heavy seas.

high wind

At present, they can only develop profitably in locations with high wind speed.

First high winds blow Stu Miller off the mound, forcing a balk, at Candlestick Park.

Four guylines are attached half way up the pole sleeve to storm-lash the tent - great for very high winds.

It was a shed that wobbled in high winds.

More than 1, 100 plows struggled to keep up with the high winds and drifts of four to six feet.

Nevertheless, there was a degree of innovation in one aspect of this design: its ability to resist high wind.

On one particular day I lay there watching a strong, high wind move the clouds.

This allows good use of space, but high winds compress the sides.

it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)

merciless heat/cold/wind etc

During the merciless heat of noon one of the frailer females collapsed, far from any possible shelter.

mortal blow/danger/wound etc

As she reads or hears the news reports of battles, she can ascertain whether he is in mortal danger.

Hellenism no longer represented a mortal danger.

His dragon had taken a mortal wound as he and Caledor clashed on the battlefield.

Railroad traffic is a mortal danger.

This rust-blood pouring from mortal wounds in the planet's skin is a terrible indictment of the tyranny we climbers inflict.

Yesterday, the joint shop stewards committee of Corporate Jets said a loss of production would be a mortal blow.

offshore wind/current etc

At the moment, only inshore wind farms have been erected but there is great potential in offshore wind.

Avoid strong tides, offshore winds, poor visibility or sailing in the dark.

Large swell waves may be present with an absolutely calm sea or even with light offshore winds in the opposite direction.

Steady offshore winds keep blowing the water westward where it becomes heated.

The government has responded by planning offshore wind farms on the Ijsselmeer.

This is an essential skill in gusty offshore winds.

When sailing in offshore winds, however, this rule is more often than not proved right, particularly in coastal bays.

You should never sail in an offshore wind, particularly not alone.

prevailing wind

He also organized the compilation and publication of charts showing the prevailing winds and currents for each quarter of the year.

He faces the open end to the east, away from the sun and prevailing wind.

It was an entire nation of pragmatists, each individual swaying with the prevailing wind to ensure his or her own future.

Protection from the prevailing wind can often be provided by rock outcrops or carefully planted shrubs in the background.

They will adjust, bending like bamboos before the prevailing wind from the north.

You must be reasonably fit and be sure you can handle the prevailing wind, weather and tidal conditions.

second wind

By the 1980s Borge had got his second wind and looked like going on for ever as an international touring artist.

Cruising along on a second wind.

I was drunk, okay, but I was getting my second wind by now.

I won my race into a 1.5 metres per second wind.

She had got her second wind.

She seems to have acquired a second wind.

So one perennial idea getting a second wind is the campaign to raise the pitifully low current minimum wage.

sharp wind/frost

The ground was hardened by a sharp frost making the going firm on a fine, sunny day.

There had been a sharp frost overnight and the ground was frozen hard.

stiff wind/breeze

A stiff breeze riffles the brush.

A stiff breeze shoves broken clouds across the moon.

Daylight broke, a stiff breeze struck up and the sky clouded over.

Put in on a shoe and it will wipe off in a stiff breeze.

The mastheads of beached yachts tinkled in a stiff breeze.

The next day was bright and cold, with a stiff breeze blowing straight down the field.

The skill is running down the beach with all your equipment often in a stiff breeze.

Within minutes a stiff wind was blowing over the harbor.

straw in the wind

A final straw in the wind may be Tolkien's increasing desire to pull strands together.

But even before 1947 there were straws in the wind.

There were other straws in the wind.

These various statements amounted to straws in the wind rather than a fully defined policy for ending the war.

strong wind/current/tide

A strong wind was now blowing and there was a loud crack of thunder.

Disadvantages: Lack of volume, thus difficult to sail in all but strong winds.

Firefighters must contend with steep canyons and the strong winds, not to mention hot and dry conditions.

In very strong winds the critical place for ground handling is at the tail.

Rip A strong current, commonly experienced on surf beaches.

The same materials, thrown into the Martian atmosphere by strong winds, give the Martian sky a pinkish color.

There was a strong wind blowing from the north.

Toward late afternoon, a strong wind came up and the sky clouded over.

throw/cast caution to the winds

Anything less truly would be throwing caution to the winds.

My friends and their little daughter went splashing blithely in so I threw caution to the winds and followed.

The two of us threw caution to the winds and raced to the rescue.

twist/turn the knife (in the wound)

Saints twisted the knife with a glorious try from Tony Sullivan, set up by Gary Connolly.

The tragedy is that you have to twist the knife in your own gray matter to make this defense work.

twist/wrap/wind sb around your little finger

wind/air/water resistance

A 3-phase 15° step-angle variable-reluctance motor has a rated phase current 01 2.0A and a phase winding resistance of 5.0 ohms.

A car that squats low meets less wind resistance .

If you want to lower the wind resistance on a car body how low do you want to get it?

Naturally the water resistance was less, but modern tanning processes have improved leathers considerably.

The actual path taken by the orbiter is complex and designed to minimize the effect of air resistance on the craft.

This holds precisely because all objects fall at the same speed under gravity. Air resistance is being ignored here.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I hate watches that you have to wind .

My watch has stopped - I must have forgotten to wind it.

Route 101 winds along the coastline for several hundred miles.

She wound the car window down to speak to the police officer.

The staircase appears almost to be floating on air, as it winds its way up three stories.

The trail winds through the hills and then down towards Ironhorse Falls.

We decided to take the Blueridge Parkway, which winds its way through the Smoky Mountains.

You wind the handle on the side to make the music play.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

As the day winds on, he collects a few possums, a couple of skunks.

He could maybe wind her up a bit if he had the chance.

Herb could wind up on the Ginza in Tokyo.

Once they were driving to meet friends for dinner when they spotted a pair winding across the highway.

Try winding four or five large curlers into the crown to add height.

III. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

phase

A 3-phase 15° step-angle variable-reluctance motor has a rated phase current 01 2.0A and a phase winding resistance of 5.0 ohms.

Another consequence of the finite phase winding inductance is that the phase current can not be switched off instantaneously.

The complete model must also take account of the voltages induced in the phase winding by rotor motion.

■ VERB

begin

The Saigon River now begins to wind like a serpent.

Moments later, we saw the Fast on the screen change to West and the numbers began to wind down backwards.

The body of the creature began to wind around him.

The road begins to wind downward; they are now passing along the main street.

Business began to wind down as men tacitly awaited the new regime.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Once they were driving to meet friends for dinner when they spotted a pair winding across the highway.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.